Georgia Bulldogs football star Stetson Bennett led the team to their first national championship since 1980. Yet, Bennett is still disrespected in college football circles, perhaps because he doesn't have the flair or the stats that some of the other top quarterbacks in the nation possess. Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart addressed the disrespect that Bennett receives at SEC Media Day. Here is Smart's strong defense of his quarterback, per Brad Crawford of 247 Sports.
'People just keep doubting him and that's fine with me.'#GoDawgs Kirby Smart on QB Stetson Bennett
— Brad Crawford (@BCrawford247) July 20, 2022
Kirby Smart is “fine” with people who continue to doubt Stetson Bennett. He called the Georgia football quarterback “one of the least respected good players in the country”, commending him for his athletic skills and arm strength.
Bennett, a former walk-on, threw for 2,862 yards, 29 touchdowns and seven interceptions for the 14-1 Bulldogs. Yet, for some reason, whether it's due to the team's generational 2021 defense or not, the talented signal-caller never seemed to get his due.
Perhaps one of the reasons why is for his struggles against big rivals, such as the Alabama Crimson Tide. In last year's SEC Championship game, Bennett enjoyed a strong first half before throwing game-sealing interceptions late in the contest.
But surely a national championship would have- and should have- silenced some of those doubts? Either way, it doesn't seem to bother the Georgia football quarterback.
In response to Kirby Smart's comments, Bennett said “You know, I think I'm good.” The Bulldogs star has a quiet confidence, one that should help the defending champs fight off any of the complacency concerns that popped up during SEC Media Day on Wednesday.